On split, 4-1, votes, with Councilman X. Willard Polk voting against, Camden City Council passed first readings of two ordinances Tuesday night to facilitate the issuance of a bond valued at up $700,000 in hospitality taxes (HTAX) to purchase Ross Beard's entire military collection. A portion of Beard's collection -- a vast array of vintage firearms, spy gear and material connected to Melvin Purvis' 1934 takedown of mobster John Dillinger -- is on loan to the Camden Archives and Museum. Other portions of the collection are in Beard's personal possession or housed at the S.C. Military Museum ...
During its 4 p.m. work session Tuesday, Camden City Council will hear a report and recommendation from the Maxway Property Development Commitment. According to documents attached to the work session agenda, Chairman Jon Fike is expected to recommend a "low-impact, low cost interim solution" for the property; the allocation of funds in support of that plan; and authorization to evaluate design proposals and site plans to complete the work.
The city of Camden recently welcomed Suzi Sale as its tourism development director. Sale has an extensive background of experience with professional marketing strategies and, as her resume states, "a strong track record of successfully leading and executing comprehensive communications and growth strategies for a wide variety of public and private enterprises throughout the Eastern U.S."
The city of Camden may spend $700,000 to permanently acquire the Ross E. Beard Jr. Gun Collection, a significant portion of which is already housed at the Camden Archives and Museum. City Attorney Lawrence Flynn, who brought forward a proposal to generate a hospitality fee revenue bond to pay for the collection, said the collection would be "an exciting asset for the city."
May 30, 2014|
By Haley Atkinson and Tenell Felder
C-I news staff
This playground equipment at Rectory Square is off-limits for now, thanks to an approximately 180-year-old, 80-foot-tall post oak tree that fell it on during the night of May 15 following heavy rains. According to Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland, it took four days for staff to cut up, haul off and clean up the debris since this picture was taken. "And we have yet to haul away the stump (it weighs over 7,000 pounds our equipment can't lift it -- yikes!)" Gilland said. She said the tree fell due to a combination of saturated soil and a partially decayed ...
South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice statistics show that most crime involving youth and teen sex resulting in pregnancy take place between 6 and 9 p.m., according to Brain Mayes, newly hired director of the Jackson Teen Center. To keep both boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 16 off the streets and out of trouble, Mayes has teamed up with the ALPHA Center, city of Camden and Kershaw County Recreation Department to create a new summer nighttime flag football league.
The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County wants the city to become lead sponsor of the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, to the tune of $50,000 in hospitality tax (HTAX) funds. FAC Executive Director Kristen Cobb made the proposal to Camden City Council during its work session Tuesday afternoon. The Blues Festival is held each year during the first weekend in October.
City of Camden and Kershaw County public works employees got the opportunity to show off their backhoe skills, testing the steadiness of their nerves at the annual Backhoe Rodeo at City Hall Park on May 9.
Camden City Council will hold both a work session and regular meeting Tuesday. The work session will include a request for the city to once again sponsor the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival in conjunction with the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County. FAC Executive Director Kristen Cobb will make the presentation, a draft of which mentions that the city is "at the brink" of a new emphasis on tourism to stimulate the local economy.
The Camden Rotary Club will hold its fifth annual Rotary Duck Drop on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Kendall Park in Camden. The event will include face painting, children's activities, live music, door prizes and a chance to win an iPad, iPad mini or iPad Touch. Proceeds will benefit Rotary and enable club members to perform various charitable acts throughout the year. Hot dogs and drinks are available and donations are gladly accepted.
The Family Heritage Committee sponsored a Mother's Day parade and celebration Saturday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day being officially recognized in the Unites States. It was the first such event in Camden and organizers said they hope it will be repeated yearly.
There's a good chance that at least one, if not most, of about 20 teenage boys from Camden experienced their first real taste of nature recently. The group of at-risk youth, accompanied by Family Outreach Ministries' Brian Mayes and ALPHA Center Director Paul Napper traveled to Camp Woodie in Pinewood the weekend of April 26. At the camp, which serves as headquarters for the S.C. Waterfowl Association (SCWA), the boys canoed, shot at clay targets, learned about plants and animals on nature hikes and did a bit of stargazing. The boys went to the camp for free, thanks ...